March 18, 2019
     
  ...exploring the life-changing message of Jesus...
  
FAMILY-FRIENDLY WORSHIP SERVICES  During the School Year, we enjoy two worship experiences on Sunday mornings. For the early risers, 8:00 and then later in the morning at 10:30. Both services include traditional hymns, readings from the Holy Scriptures, Preaching and Prayers. Children are welcome and included in special ways. At 10:30, we have a choir that sings beautifully with Special Music.
 
From Memorial Day until Labor Day, we enjoy one worship service at 9:15 where we all come together as a family reunion through the Summer season. 
 
Come and join us for an active and vibrant celebration of faith and worship of our Lord through the wonderful music of the Trinity Adult Choir!
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Perched behind the Sanctuary
Young children and babies can enjoy some space, while parents can still enjoy our worship service in our overflow room, to the back and above the sanctuary. This is also where you are invited to take part in the technical aspect of our worship if that is where your talent and interests lie, with audio equipment, our computer support and PowerPoint slide show, which enhances the worship experience.   

 

 
 Lenten Prayer
Merciful God, we confess to straying from your path.
During Lent, we set our hearts and minds on you.
We seek to let go of that which distracts us from your love.
We open ourselves up to the nourishment of your Holy Spirit.
We soften our lives in order to receive the great strength,
the gracious mercy, the overflowing love
that you would pour into us…
through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen
 

Preacher’s Corner

Lenten series overview: In this season of formation and preparation, we again approach the 40 days of Lent from a variety of different perspectives and points along the Christian journey. During this season, new and longtime Christians alike hear the call to return to God with all their hearts, thus entering a season historically characterized by much prayer and fasting. These works of discipline have for hundreds of years served as a means by which new converts prepare for baptism, which occurs as a part of the Easter Vigil. Using the words of Wesleyan theology, we believe all this work is initiated by God, who invites us to come before God with all our hearts.

There is much of disruption and disturbance within our United Methodist Church, within our community, our country. Everywhere, it seems, and yet God remains constant and steady…for us. May your Lenten season be one of challenge, commitment, and support as we and the church respond to the call of God

“Return to me with all your heart” (Joel 2:12).

Week 1.1: Ash Wednesday, March 6 at 6:00 p.m., Return to Me. Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10

Week 1.2: First Sunday in Lent, March 10. God’s Generous Heart. Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Romans 10:8b-13

Week 2: Second Sunday in Lent, March 17. Imitating. Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18; Philippians 3:17-4:1

Week 3: Third Sunday in Lent, March 24.  Repenting. Isaiah 55:1-9; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Week 4: Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 31. Coming Together. Joshua 5:9-12; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

Week 5: Fifth Sunday in Lent, April 7. Making a New Thing. Isaiah 43:16-21; Philippians 3:4b-14

Week 6: Palm/Passion Sunday, April 14. Confirmation Sunday. Preparing. Isaiah 50:4-9a;
                1 Corinthians 15:19-26; John 20:1-18
 
Week 7: Easter Day, April 21. Believing. Acts 10: 34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24;
Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 19:28-40
 

Epiphany:   Preacher’s Corner  The Party Goes On…

We started the calendar year in the Season of Epiphany, focusing on how our growth as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ is kind of, sort of like a party. God’s party…Jesus encourages this image in the way he lives…going to weddings, dinner parties, creating picnics spontaneously on hillsides. He also uses parties and celebrations as the setting for his parables and teachings about lost coins, lost sheep, lost sons. It is good for us to consider: What do we bring to the party? What’s the miracle at our party? Who will we bring to the party?

The preaching in February will continue along those lines with the added bonus of our 65th anniversary Worship Celebration of Founders’ Day on Sunday, February 10, followed by an All-Church Birthday Party luncheon.

Do come to Sunday worship and give yourself the chance to be nourished by the words of God for the people of God. And if you can’t be here with us, take some time to consider the words of the Psalmist (‘The Message’).   Psalm 5:11-12
But you, God, will welcome us with open arms
when we run for cover to you.
Let the party last all night!
Stand guard over our celebration.
You are famous, God, for welcoming God-
seekers, for decking us out in delight.

February 3, ‘Who Will You Bring to the Party?’ Luke 14:16-24, 1 Corinthians 13:1-8a

February 10, Founders’ Day. We are going to celebrate the first worship service in our building back in 1954. Scriptures and songs will be taken from the bulletin for our very first worship service.

February 17, ‘Party Favors?’ Luke 6:17-26, Jeremiah 17:5-10

February 24, ‘Living the Party.’ Luke 6:27-38, Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40 (UMH 772)

Tender Hearts Worship, Saturday, February 16, at 4:00 p.m. for those whose hearts are heavy with grief, sadness, worry.

Evergreen Worship event, Sunday, February 17, at 3:30 p.m. on behalf of the various Trinity members who have moved into the Evergreen Apartments. All are welcome, and Communion will be served.

 

 
 
Preacher’s Corner  January, 2019        

What do you bring to the party?   

Our growth as faithful disciples is described in so many different ways: a journey…an adventure…a mountain. All these images, and many more, are useful—each in their own way. For the Season of Epiphany this year, let’s consider the way that life in and with Jesus Christ is a party!

In the Gospel of John, he started his ministry at a wedding banquet. He told stories about people celebrating the recovery of lost coins, lost sheep, lost sons. Jesus attended many dinner parties. It’s a great image, so let’s use these weeks of worship after Christmas to ask ourselves: What do we bring to the party? What can we bring? What will we bring? Who should we bring? There’s lots to consider as we read the Scriptures and worship together.

Consider the words of the Psalmist (‘The Message). Psalm 5:11-12, “But you’ll welcome us with open arms when we run for cover to you. Let the party last all night! Stand guard over our celebration.
You are famous, God, for welcoming God-seekers, for decking us out in delight.”

Do come and be blessed by the worship and preaching for this winter season of the year as we share together: The words of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.

January 6, Seek & Find. ‘Where is the Party?’ Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:12
January 13, Baptism of the Lord. ‘Whose Party is It? Luke 3:15-22, Acts 8:14-17
January 20, ‘What’s the Miracle at Your Party?’ John 2:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
January 27, ‘What Will You Bring to the Party?’ Luke 4:14-21, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
February 3, ‘Who Will You Bring to the Party?’ Luke 4:21-30, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Tender Hearts Worship, Saturday, January 19, at 4:00 p.m. for those whose hearts are heavy with grief, sadness, worry.

Evergreen Worship event, Sunday, January 20, at 3:30 p.m. on behalf of the various Trinity members who have moved into the Evergreen Apartments. All are welcome, and Communion will be served.

 
 
Preacher’s Corner
Prepare the Way of the Lord Luke 3:4
The coming of Christmas is a time of many ‘once a year’ tasks. We bring out Christmas decorations. Maybe write Christmas cards? Or make special Facebook entries. Snapchat pictures. Twitter comments. We gather with friends and family for special lunches and dinners and parties. And sometimes there are birthday events, baby showers, or retirement celebrations. Not to mention the shopping, the gifts, the wrapping, and mailing. All to prepare for…the love of God revealed to the world through the birth of the baby Jesus.
Let’s keep it simple this year…as best we can. The preaching will reduce all of the complexity to one word per week, to help us remember that preparing the way of the Lord can be as simple as standing still, refining our expectations, doing what’s right in front of us.
We can welcome God’s love. We will arrive at the humble manger, and we will continue to search for the joy and the gift that is promised in our scriptures and in God’s covenant with us down through the ages. Then, along with the Wise Ones from the East, we just might find that the gifts we give and receive are as simple as hope, joy, love, and peace.
Do come and be blessed by the worship and preaching for this wonderful season.
Praise God! The words of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God!
December 2, Stand. Jeremiah 33:14-16, Luke 21:25 – 36
December 9, Refine. Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 3:1-6
December 16, Do. Zephaniah 3:14-20, Luke 3:7-18
December 23, Welcome. Micah 5:2-5a, Luke 1:39-55
December 24, Arrive. Isaiah 9:2-7, Luke 2:1-20

 
 
The final Prayer Meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018.  

Jubilee Prayer for November
Lord, thank you for this congregation of believers who walk in your light with faith, hope, and love. 
Thank you for the peace which comes from loving you with all our hearts, souls, and minds and from loving our neighbors as ourselves.
 
Thank you for the opportunity to serve and give witness in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
 
The Choir
is Back!  Wednesday nights, 6:30 to 7:30...Come and add your voice to the Praise of God.  Choir is always looking for additional people to join the gang and to sing for the Lord!  Call and leave a message at the church office, 774-2545, if you are interested in making a joyful noise unto the Lord!
 
“Building Up the Temple” Giving Goal Campaign, October 14 to November 11, 2018
By the Stewardship/Generosity Team
      Building up the temple of the Lord begins with us! Each of us brings our individual abilities together with others to share our ideas and dreams for the present and future of Trinity UMC. When we use our time, talents, and treasures, we are able to extend our temple out beyond the walls of Trinity.
      Please come to worship during this time! We will be praising God and celebrating the many ways in which we draw closer to God, to each other, and to our community through this Church. You are part of all of that, and together we can do so much more to share the love of Christ with each other and the world.
      A special letter will be sent in mid-October to the families of the church, and we are planning a spaghetti family dinner on October 14. Come if you can, and please pray always for the faithfulness and hopefulness of our Church.
 

Preacher’s Corner--November

As November approaches, we continue with our ‘Building up the Temple’ Giving Goal Campaign. The theme scripture for preaching is 1 Chronicles 28: 20,
Be strong and of good courage, and act. Do not be afraid or dismayed:
for the LORD God, my God, is with you.
God will not fail you or forsake you
until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.
      We have already considered the foundation of the Temple with Jesus as the cornerstone. Walls and doors and windows looking out into the world are part of our Temple. From here we will consider the pillars of humility, patience, trust, and the over-arching roof of God’s love that shelters and protects us as a community of faith.
      November also brings special celebrations for All Saints Sunday and a mid-week Thanksgiving worship service. Do come and be blessed by the words of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.
Nov. 4, All Saints Day. Psalm 127, Revelation 21:  1-7. Pillars of the Community
Nov. 11, Giving Goal Celebration. Hebrews 9: 24-28, Isaiah 54:2-3. Stretch the Tent
Nov. 18, Charge Conference Sunday. Hebrews 10:19-25, Ephesians 2:21-22. Jubilee Year Recap
Nov. 25, Christ the King Sunday. Psalm 132, John 18:33-38. Thanksgiving Truth
 

Thanksgiving Eve Service…Invit your friends and family to give thanks to God on Wednesday, 
Nov. 21 at 5:45 in the Sanctuary at Trinity UMC. 
 
Preacher’s Corner--October into November
      October 7 will be our annual celebration of World Communion Sunday, along with finishing out our series ‘Imagine the People of God.’ We are a world-wide church, and that is something to celebrate along with other churches around the world!
      October 14 will begin our Giving Goal Campaign season, and the preaching will mirror that theme of ‘Building up the Temple.’ The theme scripture for those five weeks will be:
1 Chronicles 28:20, ‘Be strong and of good courage, and act. Do not be afraid or dismayed, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.’
      There are some wonderful connections and tie-ins with ‘Building Up the Temple,’ and our Jubilee Year activities and focus on opening ourselves up to God’s future for our Church. We will consider the foundations, the retaining walls, the pillars of humility and patience and trust, the sheltering roofs that God provides for us as a community of faith. Do come and be blessed by the words of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.
October 7: Galatians 5:13-23, Leviticus 25. The Sabbatical Year of Jubilee. World Communion Sunday
October 14: 1 Chronicles 28:9-10, Hebrews 1. Jesus as the Foundation of Our Temple.
October 21: Jean Larson will be preaching while Pastor is on vacation.
October 28: Hebrews 4:12-16, 1 Chronicles 28:20. The Bible as the Retaining Walls of Our Temple.

 

Preacher’s Corner--September     Our summer preaching has focused on the seven churches of John’s Revelation and on the various ways (described in the Bible) in which God reveals to humanity…the bigger project that God intends for the world. At Trinity UMC in Iron Mountain, our Jubilee Year is preparing us to hear and respond to God’s desire for our future. Going into September, we will engage in imaginative inquiry… What does a ‘Community of Faith’ look like when Church is living out its call to be the “people of God”?

In this five-week series, Imagine the People of God, we will use our imaginations to conceive of our Church, here in Iron Mountain, as a place where the people of God care, share, believe, receive, seek, dream, and grow. Readings from the Epistle letters to early Christian communities will help us enter into this conversation that is as old as Christianity itself. We will be reading from The Message/Remix, Eugene Peterson’s respected paraphrase in more contemporary language.

Let’s come together to imagine what it can look like to create deeper relationships, livelier church, bolder missions, transformed lives, fruitful activities for our friends, our neighbors and the world!   Come and be blessed by the words of God from long ago for the people of God today. Thanks be to God!

Theme Scripture: Since Jesus went through everything you’re going through and more, learn to think like him. Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way. Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want. 1 Peter 4:1-2

Sept. 9:    Imagination. Ephesians 3:16-21
Sept. 16:  Invitation. 1 Peter 4:9-11. Guest preacher Naomi Garcia
Sept. 23:  Responsibility. Romans 12:1-3
Sept. 30:  Transformation. 1 Peter 1:3-9. Guest preacher Naomi Garcia
Oct. 7:     Fruition/Harvest. Galatians 5:13-23. World Communion Sunday

 Pastor’s Ponderings August(written 8/23/18)

   We’re less than a week away from school starting up again here in this area. So many of our college kids are already on campus and settling in for the fall semester. Pre-schools are welcoming little ones for their first experience, and bus drivers are checking out the routes for the first day of school. At this time of year, I can’t help but think of that age-old question… ‘What Did You Do for Summer Vacation?’

   As warm as it’s been, we can honestly say that this has truly been a Real Summer. Here at Trinity UMC we have used the season to relax and enjoy each other in a variety of ways, right here at our own building. In June we had a Family Table brunch after worship in the Fellowship Hall and shared a meal with each other before all of the summer travels and camps got started. In July we hosted a four-day VBS (thanks to an amazing team of women who put it all together—you know who you are!) for 35 children …using our building and our parking lot and green space for fun and learning about the heroes of our faith. A couple of weeks later we had a first-ever, midweek Marshmallow Roast, which was delightful out in the garden area of our church. (Thanks to the Generosity Team for that great time!) People from all generations came and enjoyed the chance to sit around the charcoal grills together. Then in August, our Church picnic was outside with awnings and tables set up along E Street, and many people stayed after worship to share in food and fellowship.

                        It is GOOD when the people of God gather together…

   I know that summer can be difficult for some of you to make it to worship. The earlier worship time is not compatible with everyone’s schedule. Travel plans and sports schedules can interfere with Sunday morning worship and picnic attendance. Jobs sometimes make overtime and Sunday shift work demands on some people. Ill health and life’s challenges get in the way of the best laid plans.   

   But know this…even in your absence, the good-will, the kindness and caring, the love of God continues from within this Trinity United Methodist  Church. The Jubilee Prayers, the Reading Through the Bible in a Year, the focus on history continue to create room in our hearts and minds and schedules for each other and for the fun gatherings that create lasting memories and joyful bonds of friendship. If you haven’t been around for the summer…know that you are missed. And know that God’s people are still here, singing and praying and eating s’mores and talking and loving you and each other!

My prayer is that the fall schedule will bring you back to worship on Sundays as we return to the 8:00 and 10:30 worship times. You will see in this Tower that Sunday school for the children is starting up again on September 9. Choir practice begins on August 29. There are wonderful workshops scheduled for September 14- 15 and September 28- 29 (see page 2) and an adult Sunday school book study planned (see page 2).

Is there something special that you would like to do this fall as we gather back together? There is time in the schedule and money available that can be used to enhance the life of the Church, to the glory of God, whenever you or someone else has an idea of how to do that. Just let me know, and I’ll help your dreams come true…because our dreams are a reflection of God’s hope for us to share in the resurrected life of Jesus Christ. Let’s do it! It will be fun! God’s peace and the Holy Spirit be with us all.  

                        In the name of Jesus, Pastor Geri

Preacher’s Corner--July/August

We will continue in July with the Seven Letters to the Churches in John’s book of Revelation. It’s hard to know what God wants of us as a specific community of faith, but we can always look in our Bible for ideas and lessons. The seven churches in Revelation have much to teach us about strengths, weaknesses, direction forward, and what it means to be faithful to God.

Once we are done with the Seven Letters, we will spend some time looking at the many different ways in which God reveals ‘Mission’ and ‘Vision’ to various people and groups in the Bible. We are all familiar with Jesus being the Revelation of God, but there are lesser-known stories that may be helpful to us at Trinity as we continue to seek God’s desire for us as a community of faith.

Come and be blessed in the worship of our Loving God with the fellowship of believers who use the Words of God for the people of God to draw closer to God. Thanks be to God!

July 1, Philadelphia Rev. 3:7-13, Mark 6:6-13 ‘Persistence’   

July 8, Laodicea Rev. 3:7-13, Matthew 7:7-8 ‘Knocked Out’

July 15, Revelation Wrap Up—‘Odds and Ends, and Even New Beginnings’

July 22, ‘When God Spoke Face to Face’   Adam, Eve, Cain, Noah, Saul/Paul    

July 29, ‘Visitors from Afar’ Abraham, Jacob The Wise Ones from the East

Aug. 5, ‘Prayer’ Jean Larson in Pastor’s absence   Psalm 118, Luke 11:1-13

Aug. 12, ‘Dreams and Signs’ Two Josephs—Son of Jacob, Husband of Mary

Aug. 19, ‘Prophets and the Law’ Moses and Paul

Aug. 26, ‘Prophets and Visions’ Elijah, Isaiah and the Gang



Eat, Stay, and Pray—Community Prayer Service, Wednesdays, 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. This is a year-round ecumenical prayer opportunity in the Sanctuary. A chance to pray to God. To listen for the Spirit of God. To be together in the hope of Jesus Christ. It will be open to our community meal guests and available to all the folks at Trinity who are not able to make it to church on Sunday mornings…and for anyone who wants a chance to pray in community during the week. If Sunday morning worship is a chance to get closer to God, then check it out and see what God can do on Wednesday nights!

 “Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at his disposition, and listening to his voice in the depth of our hearts.” 

May’s Jubilee Prayer    Dear Heavenly Father,    It’s May, the grass has turned green, leaves are unfurling, soon flowers will bloom, and the earth will be renewed for another spring and summer. Thank you for all of that. Please be with each of us that we may also be renewed. Spring and summer are busy times for most of us. Help us not to get so caught up in our own little worlds that we forget that we are your Church. Revive us from winter’s cold grip and renew us to be your people for those who don’t yet know of your love. Open our hearts to be your Church for this time and this place. We ask these things in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

 

Preacher’s Corner May/June: Easter is not just a day of celebration. It is also a season in the church where we consider what it means to say the Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed! During this Easter season, the sermons will continue to be tied together by the theme: ‘He’s Lifted Up So We Can Lighten Up!’ Already in April, we have considered what it means to ‘Be the Moon,’ reflecting God’s love the way the moon reflects the light of the sun. We have thought about ‘Lightening the Load,’ and we are trying to ‘Lighten Up!’ So come and be lifted up as we continue in that vein through May 20, the Pentecost Celebration.

One-service worship will begin on Sunday, May 27, as we switch gears and take a look at what it means to be the Church…the Body of Christ for the world. God calls us, as the Church, to come together as individuals in a particular place and time to do God’s work in the world. It’s hard sometimes to know exactly what God wants of us as a community of faith, but we can always look in our Bibles for ideas and lessons. The Book of Revelation has seven letters to seven different churches…advising them of strengths, weaknesses, direction forward, and what it means to be faithful to God. Let’s take time this summer to look for God’s hopes for Trinity UMC, as we study the seven churches of Revelation.

Come and be blessed in the worship of our Loving God with the fellowship of believers who use the Words of God for the people of God to draw closer to God. Thanks be to God!

May 6, Endowment Celebration.  John 15:1-13. Lifting the Cup

May 13, Mother’s Day. Acts 1:1-11, Psalm 47. Lifting the Mother Load

May 20, Pentecost Sunday. Acts 2:1-4, 12-21, Romans 8:26-27. Lifted Up on Eagle’s Wings

May 27. Revelation 2:1-7, Ephesians 1:3, 13-14. First Things First

June 3. Revelation 2:8-11, 2 Corinthians 4:5-12. Down, but Not Out

June 10. Revelation 2:12-17, 1 Peter 5:6-11. Resistance Over Relevance

June 17. Revelation 2:18-29, 2 Corinthians 6:1-10. Resist Erosion

June 24. Revelation 3:1-6, John 3:1-12. Accurate Self-Assessment

 
Jubilee Prayer for April
Composed by the Rev. Michaela Youngson, the Methodist Church of Britain, for use by The United Methodist Church throughout the world.

When everything was dark
and it seemed that the sun would never shine again,
your love broke through.

Your love was too strong,
too wide, too deep
for death to hold.

The sparks cast by your love
dance and spread
and burst forth with resurrection light.

Gracious God,
We praise you for the light of new life
made possible through Jesus.
We praise you for the light of new life
that shone on the first witnesses of resurrection.
We praise you for the light of new life
that continues to shine in our hearts today.

We pray that the Easter light of life, hope and joy,
will live in us each day;
and that we will be bearers of that light
into the lives of others. Amen.

 
 
Jubilee Prayer    March  Abba, we have so much conflict today. The world is pulling in so many directions and mostly toward selfish desires and dead ends. Father, we pray that you will raise men up to serve in your army. Raise men with the courage to answer your call, the courage to put on your armor, and the determination to complete the journey you have laid out for us. Father, give these men the wisdom to listen to your commands to forgive and to love. Challenge us, Father, to step out in faith in whatever direction you see fit to fulfill our parts in your design.

Father, soften our hearts towards others, as we are drawn closer to you, our God and King, as time brings us further into the Lenten season. Help us to find it within ourselves to reflect your Son to those around us. Father, be our guide so that we can guide others. Protect us, Lord, so that we can stand for those who have no one to protect them. Father, although nothing we do can make us deserving of your grace, help us to accept it fully; help us to show it to your people as fully as we can. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.